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Document ID (ISN)57764
CIS number 92-598
ISSN - Serial title 0820-3946 - Canadian Medical Association Journal
Year 1991
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Sankaran K., Roles A., Kasian G.
Title Fire in an intensive care unit - Causes and strategies for prevention
Bibliographic information 15 Aug. 1991, Vol.145, No.4, p.313-315. Illus. 16 ref.
Abstract Two nearly disastrous fires occurred in 1988 within 4 days of each other in the neonatal intensive care unit of a university hospital. A multifactorial theory was tested and demonstrated to explain the fire. Due to a pressure difference and other factors, oxygen-rich air streamed through electrical sockets into sealed cabinets containing electrical wires and pipes for oxygen and compressed air. The air flowing through the sockets also carried small amounts of lint which accumulated inside the electrical boxes and cabinets. A spark from an isolette plug ignited the oxygen and lint. Renovation of the unit ensured that the cabinets are no longer sealed and are left open to the ambient air. The re-design allows lint and spilled materials to be cleaned up. The electrical sockets are now above rather than below the oxygen outlets.
Descriptors (primary) fire; hospitals; fire hazards
Descriptors (secondary) air movement; Canada; Saskatchewan; oxygen; case study; electrical equipment; fire prevention; electric sparks
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Fire and explosions
Broad subject area(s) Fires, explosions and major hazards
Browse category(ies) Health care services
Fires